Posted by R. Berg on January 03, 2002
In Reply to: Ring the other one posted by Graeme Forbes on January 03, 2002
: Any help with the derivation of "Ring the other one it's got bells on". Anything to do with the women's fashion of wearing bells in their garters during the Twenties & Thirties?
From Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases":
"'pull the other one, it's
got bells on it!', occ. prec. by 'now'. 'A rejoinder to a fanciful statement or
a tall story. "We don't believe it. Pull the other leg, it has bells on it"' (Granville,
Frank Shaw attributed it to the 1920s. . . .
Presumably from pictures of court jesters, wearing cap and bells."